My Senior Walk: As Ohio State readies for a big weekend, Teradja Mitchell looks toward recruiting peers

Ohio State 2018 linebacker commit Teradja Mitchell, a 5-star prospect at Bishop Sullivan Catholic in Virginia Beach, Va., has agreed to do a weekly journal of his senior season with the Crusaders. The nation’s second-ranked inside linebacker will join Land of 10 every Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.

Individually, I have had a great start to my season, according to my coaches. These past two games I’ve rallied up 30 tackles — 13 in Week 1 and 17 in Week 2. Unfortunately, this past week we suffered another lost to St. Frances Academy from Baltimore, a team that beat us last year, too. This has been a challenging past two weeks for us, suffering losses. I’ve never started off a season 0-2. We failed to play a consistent ball game both weeks and it can be frustrating.

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However, we have come together as a team and realize that it’s gonna bend us a little but it isn’t going to break us. We are going to use these losses as learning experiences and keep working day by day till we get better and better. We are excited for the next opportunity we get this weekend as we go to take on Springfield Central out of Massachusetts, another solid opponent. We have to be ready to play.

Away from our field, and on the brighter side of things, college football finally started back up last weekend.

In all honesty, it feels weird rooting for Ohio State now, because I’ve been an LSU Tigers fan my whole life. But now that I’m committed, I got to root for my Buckeyes, because every other team feels like the opposition. A lot of kids in recruiting don’t really have favorite teams, but it’s another way that this recruiting process can change things in your life, even little things.

For their first game, they did not fail to impress me. The defense played lights-out and the offense has improved significantly from what I saw when I watched last year. From the way we played in the second half, we are looking like a national championship contender. I was kind of amazed to see my future coaches and teammates on TV, knowing that next year I will get to be a part of that. All of my dreams are becoming a reality. I’m getting the opportunity to play with, and against, some of the best players in the country while getting coached by arguably the best coaching staff in the country.

I am excited for what the future holds for me on that team and individually. There are three main goals for college that I have, and Ohio State offers all of the tools to make those dreams come to life. I plan to leave Ohio State with national championships, a degree, and as a first-round NFL draft prospect.

My biggest dream is of winning a national championship and for us to become the ultimate powerhouse of college football. We already have some of the best football players in the country, but we have to reload with this 2018 recruiting class. We have a lot of talent already in the class, but I feel like it has the opportunity to be even better. That’s why I, along with the other committed players, have that “go get it” mentality.

We all know what this class is capable of producing, and we are full-court pressing every top target. We’ve got a big chance this weekend, especially with Micah Parsons, Jayson Oweh, Tommy Togiai and Anthony Cook taking their officials, to make some serious moves. Getting those studs would take this class and our future team  to another level. I wish I was going to be there to help, but I think we’ll have six or seven commits ready to make those guys feel like family.

Thanks for reading, everyone. I’ll be back next week.

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